09.07.17

Sweetwater District Message to Families on Pending DACA Decision

En Español

Dear Sweetwater Families:

Yesterday, the White House announced calling for an end to the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA program allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors to apply for a renewable two-year work permit and shields them from deportation.

It is important for you to know that all of our students have the right to attend school without the fear of detention and/or deportation. The Sweetwater school community believes strongly in ethics of tolerance and respect for all. What makes our district so unique is the different background and culture each student brings to our classrooms every day.

Last year, the Sweetwater Board of Trustees passed Resolution 4468, Advocating For and Protecting Each of the District’s Students as an outward demonstration of our commitment to “promote inclusion and provide a safe and secure environment…wherein each student and each employee is protected from all forms of discrimination.” The board then reinforced the resolution with adoption of Board Policies 5145.4, 5145.41, 5145.42 – all of which establish procedures to further protect/enforce our student’s immigration rights.

The Sweetwater District is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for each of our students by affirming the clearly stated values of safety, inclusion, and equity. The policies affirm the District’s commitment specifically to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment for immigrant students and their families. Please know that these policies prohibit information-sharing with local law enforcement and federal immigration authority to the fullest extent possible under the law.

Further, the state of California has its own California Dream Act, which is unrelated to DACA and allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college.

We are grateful to our Board for their vision and leadership and we are proud of the beliefs and values we embrace as a district.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your legal rights, we encourage you to seek independent legal counsel. Additional resources for families can be found on the San Diego County Office of Education website at http://www.sdcoe.net/educators/Pages/Immigration-Law-Briefing-for-Schools.aspx

Sincerely,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Estimadas familias del Distrito de Sweetwater:

El día de ayer, la Casa Blanca hizo un llamado para eliminar el programa Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés). El programa DACA permite que los inmigrantes indocumentados que llegaron a Estados Unidos como menores de edad soliciten un permiso renovable de dos años para trabajar y los protege de ser deportados.

Es importante que ustedes sepan que todos los alumnos tienen derecho a asistir a la escuela sin miedo a ser detenidos o deportados. La comunidad escolar de Sweetwater cree firmemente en la ética de tolerancia y respeto para todos. Las distintas experiencias y la cultura que cada alumno comparte a diario en los salones de clases hacen de nuestro distrito escolar un lugar único.

El año pasado, la Mesa Directiva del Distrito de Sweetwater aprobó la Resolución 4468, con el fin de abogar y proteger a cada uno de nuestros alumnos como una demostración externa de nuestro compromiso para “promover inclusión y brindar un entorno seguro…en donde cada alumno y cada empleado está a salvo de todo tipo de discriminación.” La mesa directiva entonces reforzó dicha resolución con la adopción de las Políticas de la Mesa Directiva BP 5145.4, 5145.41, 5145.42, las cuales establecen los procedimientos para hacer valer y proteger los derechos de nuestros alumnos inmigrantes.

El Distrito de Sweetwater está comprometido a mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje sano y seguro para todo alumno, reiterando los valores de seguridad, inclusión, y equidad estipulados. Las políticas mencionadas confirman el compromiso del Distrito, de manera específica, de proveer un ambiente cálido, de aprendizaje sano, e inclusivo a los alumnos inmigrantes y sus familias. Queremos hacer de su conocimiento que dichas políticas prohíben el intercambio de información con la policía local y la autoridad federal de inmigración en la mayor medida posible en virtud de la ley.

Además, el estado de California cuenta con su propia ley: California Dream Act, la cual no está vinculada al programa DACA y permite que los alumnos indocumentados reciban ayuda financiera para asistir a la universidad.

Estamos muy agradecidos con la mesa directiva por su visión y liderazgo y nos sentimos muy orgullosos de las creencias y valores que hemos adoptado como distrito.

Si tienen preguntas o inquietudes acerca de sus derechos legales, recomendamos que acuda con un asesor independiente de asuntos legales. Pueden encontrar recursos adicionales para familias en la página de internet de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego en: http://www.sdcoe.net/educators/Pages/Immigration-Law-Briefing-for-Schools.aspx

Atentamente,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.
Superintendente

08.18.17

Letter from the Sweetwater Equity, Culture and Support Services Team

Colleagues and friends:
As the world watched the violence and hatred carried out by white supremacists in Charlottesville, there was absolute shock at the level of brutality exhibited by these extreme hate groups. And as educators, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to condemn racial and ethnic prejudice and to talk candidly with our students about these issues. It is equally important that we embrace diversity within our district and confront prejudice throughout our communities; if we do nothing, we can be seen as complicit.

Although these events are dispiriting, we want to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening unity within our schools and serving as beacons of hope for our students. Our district will not and does not tolerate racism, violence, or bullying by any individual or group. Moreover, we will continue to actively build inclusive, caring, and positive environments so each district student and staff is provided with a respectful and safe learning and work experience.

Please recall that last year, our Board of Trustees approved a new resolution to ensure that our students are treated with dignity and respect and have the opportunity to learn in a physically, emotionally and intellectually safe environment. And although we have many areas to improve as a district, our focus will remain on methods in which we can serve our students and staff in better and more effective ways. For instance, we will continue training our staff around issues involving diversity, inclusion, equity, bias, race, ability, and sexual and gender orientation. In addition, our district will continue collaborating with community members, subject matter experts, parents, and students to develop strategies for improving district practices.

The Sweetwater Union High School District family must not accept acts of racism, bigotry, or violence and it is imperative that we provide each student, and staff member, with a safe, positive, healthy, caring, and respectful learning and working environment.

We are asking you to stand with us in denouncing racism and other forms of bias. Together, our unified school community will make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of district students and families.

Respectfully,

Equity, Culture, Support Services Team

08.16.17

A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible from San Diego County on August 21, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible from San Diego County on August 21, 2017 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/san-diego) and a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from other parts of the country, which NASA will livestream on its website.

Please understand that in its most fundamental form, the eclipse is not dangerous, but looking at the sun without proper protection is always harmful. One of the primary safety issues during an eclipse is that curiosity regarding this phenomena makes it more likely people, especially children, will look at the eclipse without proper eye protection.

Looking at the eclipse without eye protection is extremely risky and could lead to burns which damage the light sensitive cells that give us the ability to see. These burns do not typically lead to an immediate loss of vision. However, the loss of vision generally occurs the next day which to some, looks like a black hole in the center of the affected person’s sight. In some cases, people re-gain some of their vision over a period of several months, but in many cases, the loss is permanent.

Schools, classrooms and individuals are advised to watch the eclipse via NASA’s live stream. Our Curriculum and Instruction department have provided school sites with age appropriate lesson plans and tools to maximize learning about the eclipse in a safe manner.This is to prevent harm to those who surreptitiously view the eclipse without precautions.

Lastly, please note that the Sweetwater Union High School District does not support the use of manufactured eclipse glasses for our students.

NASA Live Stream of August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Website: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

2017 Eclipse Phenomena – PDF

Estimados padres de familia o tutor:

 

El 21 de agosto de 2017 ocurrirá un eclipse parcial del sol el cual se podrá apreciar en el condado de San Diego de 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.  y el eclipse total del sol se podrá apreciar en otras partes del país, el cual será transmitido en vivo por la NASA en su página de internet.

 

Como usted comprenderá, el eclipse en sí, no es peligroso, sin embargo observar directamente el sol sin la protección adecuada siempre es dañino. Uno de los principales problemas de seguridad durante un eclipse es que la curiosidad sobre este fenómeno hace que sea más probable que las personas, especialmente los niños, observen el eclipse sin la protección adecuada de los ojos.

 

Observar el eclipse sin protegerse los ojos es extremadamente arriesgado y puede ocasionar quemaduras las cuales dañan las células sensibles a la luz que nos proporcionan la capacidad de ver. Dichas quemaduras típicamente no conducen a pérdida la inmediata de la vista. Sin embargo, la pérdida de la vista generalmente ocurre al día siguiente, el cual, para algunos se ve como un agujero negro en el centro de la vista afecta de la persona. En algunos casos, las personas recuperan parte de la vista después de un período de tiempo de varios meses, sin embargo en muchos casos, la pérdida es permanente.

 

Se ha recomendado a las escuelas, salones de clases, y al público en general, que observen el eclipse a través de la transmisión en vivo de la NASA. El Departamento de Currículum y Enseñanza proporcionó al personal de los planteles escolares lecciones y herramientas para maximizar el aprendizaje sobre el eclipse de manera segura. Lo antes mencionado es para prevenir daños a las personas que observan el eclipse a escondidas, y sin tomar las debidas precauciones.

 

Por último, les reiteramos que el distrito Sweetwater Union High School District no apoya que los alumnos usen los anteojos fabricados para observar el eclipse.

 

La página de internet de la transmisión en vivo de la NASA del eclipse de sol que ocurrirá el 21 de agosto de 2017 es: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

08.16.17

Letter to Parents Regarding Student Transcripts

Dear Senior Parents and Students,

The Sweetwater Union High School District in the summer of 2016 transitioned to a new student information system called Infinite Campus. Throughout this transition, the Informational Technology and Curriculum and Instruction departments worked closely with school sites to develop a customized transcript for SUHSD students. The district’s previous transcript contained numerous elements that took years to develop and were continually modified.

Some parents have shared their concerns about a potential loss of data with the transition to Infinite Campus. As the new system has been put into operation, we have introduced new elements of data. Throughout each of these stages of implementation, validation of information has occurred to ensure accuracy. Infinite Campus houses all the pertinent information and data required for accurate transcripts.

We have established a transcript that is accepted by colleges and universities that includes weighted and unweighted grade point averages, total credits attempted and total credits earned, graduation date, detailed list of all course taken, and citizenship grades. Your child’s high school is able to provide a copy of the official transcript through the Registrar’s office.

Sincerely,

Ana Maria Alvarez
Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning

07.18.17

Regular Meeting to be held on July 24, 2017 – Special Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for Community Facilities Districts / Mello-Roos

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District, at its Regular Meeting to be held on July 24, 2017, will consider the adoption of the resolution which establishes the Special Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for Community Facilities District Nos. 1-6, 8, 9A, 9B & 10-20. Details regarding adjustments to the Special Tax Levy can be found on the July 24, 2017, Meeting Agenda.

07.05.17

1 to 1 Initiative Update

With recent reports regarding the Sweetwater Union High School District 1 to 1 Initiative being made in the media, it is important to clarify the device statistics and statuses being reported for this initiative.

As part of the District’s plan for Educational Technology, the goal is to provide students with the technology tools that will prepare them for college and career. Students use the devices to learn about the efficiency and power of technology both in and out of the classroom. As part of this initiative students learn digital citizenship and staff receives professional development on how to use technology as a tool in the classroom.

Since 2010, the district began acquiring iPads for a variety of uses. The majority of devices were acquired between 2012-2014 to directly support the 1 to 1 initiative. A total of 29,843 iPads were acquired during this time.

Year Acquired Active Inactive Sold
2012 7,947 706 337 5,523
2013 9,235 3,448 225 3,260
2014 12,661 8,224 146 8
Totals 29,843 12,378 708 8,791

Of the original devices purchased, 12,378 remain active within the district, with 7,966 additional newer devices that were added in to support the initiative for additional students and to replace iPads taken out of circulation.

2012 2013 2014 Total
Replacement Devices 1,381 2,302 4,283 7,966

A total of 708 devices are inactive, meaning that they were lost, stolen or taken out of inventory. This represents approximately 2% of the total number of iPads being used for the initiative, meaning that almost 98% of the devices are physically accounted for.

Finally, in order to replace older devices, the Information Technology Department has begun selling devices to Gazelle, an e-commerce company that buys and sells used electronic devices. In 2017, the Sweetwater District sold 8,791 devices from the 1 to 1 Initiative. Funds from the sale are being placed directly back into the 1 to 1 Initiative.

The Sweetwater Union High School District tracks all devices in use for both the 1 to 1 Initiative and for use in other areas and can specifically account for all devices. All iPads are bar coded internally, to include the serial number, model number and software version of devices purchased for this initiative. In addition, we are now utilizing device tracking software for all devices in inventory. All devices for this initiative are tracked and can be accounted for.

06.22.17

“Doing Business with Sweetwater Union High School District” workshop for businesses of all types

Who should attend?

This workshop is for local businesses, small businesses, and businesses of all types. The program will cover subjects such as registering to do business with the District, bid and proposal processes, terminology, rules and regulations, and how to find business opportunities with SUHSD. No workshop registration is required.

Location, Date and Time

Location:  Board Room – 1130 Fifth Ave, Chula Vista 91911
Date:  July 25, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Board Room -1130 Fifth Ave, Chula Vista 91911
Date: July 27, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

For directions or more information

Phone Number: (619) 691-5540

Informational Flyer

Click here to download an informational flyer about the event

06.20.17

Sweetwater Union High School District Graduates Thousands

Sweetwater Union High School District Graduates Thousands

“I am so proud of each graduate and student who graduated or promoted. We celebrate the achievements you’ve attained and the challenges you’ve overcome. Being an educator is the most rewarding career of all.” This is how Dr. Karen Janney, Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District, described her feelings about the classes of 2017 and the role of district faculty and staff.

This year, more than 6,500 high school seniors and middle school 8th graders graduated and promoted from across South County. A total of 27 graduation and promotion ceremonies took place over the course of four days.

Commencement ceremonies played to standing-room-only crowds of families and other supporters who turned out to see the graduates walk the stage to receive their diplomas and certificates from the Sweetwater District Board of Trustees members.

The Adult Schools commencement on May 26 was the first in the series. Held at Castle Park High School Stadium, Board of Trustees President Arturo Solis and member Frank Tarantino accepted the class of 2017. The following week began a series of middle and high school graduations and promotions, several held at De Vore Stadium at Southwestern College.

In the Fall, Sweetwater District high school graduates will attend several of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. including Harvard, Brown, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego and San Diego State University.

District Board of Trustees member Frank Tarantino inspired the graduates at several of the ceremonies by his reference to graduates who had walked the stage before them and interesting facts of things that occurred the year students were born.

Superintendent Janney heard some exceptional student speeches at our ceremonies that shared wisdom beyond their years and inspiration galore. Here are some samples of statements created by Sweetwater District students:

  • We are in motion on our way to success!
  • We can build our future!
  • We all have to have hope!
  • We are all champions!
  • Surround yourselves with people who inspire you!
  • All our dreams are valued!
  • Our lives are intertwined for life as Red Devils!
  • Find your own passion!
  • Time to open a new chapter in our lives!
  • What are the moments that led you to today?
  • YOLO – you only live once!
  • Raise your voice!
  • Our purpose will move us forward!
  • Become our best selves!
  • There is no fear that can’t be conquered!
  • May you have the vision to follow your dreams!
  • The world is calling for our humanity!
  • On to pursue your dreams!

The Sweetwater District extends it best wishes to the Class of 2017 as our students spread out across the nation and world as they pursue higher education, trade schools, the military and the workforce.